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August 12, 2007
4 Tommy McDonald. He was of boundless energy and without a fear, that little spark plug with no face mask. Tommy McDonald wasn't defined by his size or his stature. It was his immeasurable heart that made him, a halfback turned wide receiver, one of the greatest Eagles of all time. No matter who delivered the blow - Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus, Night Train Lane, or another locomotive from the day - McDonald always bounced back, regardless of how his body wanted to react. His toughness became his hallmark, and he laughed every time.
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August 16, 1998 | By Blair Clarkson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Along the parade route to the Football Hall of Fame early this month, Tommy McDonald figures he got out of his car to boogie down about 20 times - give or take a few. He danced alone, he danced with the ladies, he grabbed someone's hat and ran down the street. Basically, the man was on fire. And after a quick living room demonstration of his pelvic wiggling abilities, it was obvious that the 64-year-old former football star has got some moves. And that they go far beyond cutting across the middle to snag touchdown passes.
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August 1, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nothing much ever came out of Roy, N.M., but prime ribs and Tommy McDonald. "Not many people got the guts to live out here," said Harold Porterfield, 88. "Tommy's got to be the most famous one - unless you count that little girl who played basketball here a few years ago. Led New Mexico's high schools in scoring. " McDonald, 64, the short-sleeved wide receiver who led the Eagles to their last NFL title in 1960, lived his first 15 years in Roy, then moved with the family 200 miles west to Albuquerque, where his father hoped the speedy, towheaded boy might land an athletic scholarship.
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August 11, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Jimmy Harris, the starting quarterback for much of Oklahoma's record 47-game winning streak in the 1950s, died of lung cancer Tuesday in Shreveport, La. The one-time Eagles defensive back was 76. Mr. Harris took over as Oklahoma's quarterback during the 1954 season and never lost a game, going 25-0 and leading the Sooners to national championships in 1955 and 1956. He is one of only six quarterbacks to lead a school to back-to-back national titles. Notre Dame's Johnny Lujack (1946-47)
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April 4, 2011 | Daily News Staff Report
Eagles legend Tommy McDonald could use your help: His 1960 Eagles championship ring is missing. Exactly what happened to it is unclear. According to his wife Patty, it was last seen at the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for former Eagles teammate Joe Pagliei, held Jan. 30 at Il Fiore restaurant in Collingswood, N.J. A previous report indicated that McDonald realized the ring was missing a week ago and thinks he may have lost it at...
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April 6, 2006 | By Holland Baldrige FOR THE INQUIRER
Members of the 1960 Eagles championship team will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame tonight, along with former Phillie Del Ennis, former 76er Hal Greer, and baseball's Mr. October, Reggie Jackson. Basketball legends Bill Ellerbee and Jack Ramsay and, as a place of note, the Palestra also will be among the inductees in the hall's third annual ceremony, at the Sheraton Society Hill. Regular admission tickets are sold out, but "Fly With the Eagles" tickets are still available for $500 and include reserved seats with the members of the 1960 Eagles team that beat the Green Bay Packers, 17-13, at Franklin Field.
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August 2, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tommy McDonald had waited a painfully long time to get here. Thirty years since he retired from the NFL. Twenty-five years since he became eligible. His father, who had been nearly as anxious, was dead. His mother, 88 and living in Albuquerque, N.M., was too ill to attend. So from the instant he got the news - at 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 24, in a phone call from San Diego - Tommy McDonald, the perpetually boyish Eagles flanker who is 64 now, decided he was going to enjoy his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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October 9, 1987 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Another member of the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship team is gone. Bobby Walston, the Eagles' all-time leading scorer, died Wednesday morning in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The 58-year-old Walston suffered a heart attack, an Eagles' spokesman said. "They're slowly dwindling down," ex-teammate Tommy McDonald said last night. "That makes six (players) from the '60 team who have died: Norm Van Brocklin, Howard Keys, Jesse Richardson, John Nocera, Joe Robb, and now Bobby. " As a pass receiver and kicker, Walston scored 881 points from 1951 through '62. His 114 points in a season held up until Paul McFadden scored 116 three years ago. Walston, the 1951 NFL Rookie of the Year, still holds the club mark for most points in a game - 25, against Washington in 1954.
NEWS
January 31, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Brookshier, according to his friends, knew how to tackle. Whether on the football field or as a television and radio personality, his impact was equally immense and intense. He was an all-pro on the last Eagles team to win an NFL championship, in 1960, and was part of CBS's top NFL broadcast team during the 1970s along with his close friend Pat Summerall. In the late 1980s he hired Angelo Cataldi, launching the 610 WIP sports-talk format that remains in place today. Mr. Brookshier, 78, died Friday of cancer at Lankenau Hospital.
NEWS
April 25, 1997 | By Jack McKinney
If you can take a change of pace, let's look at the fact that 13 wide receivers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio. So what, you might ask, is so remarkable about that? Nothing, except that Tommy McDonald is not among them. That's more than remarkable. It's flat-out astonishing. The guy they used to call Mister Touchdown - because that was what flashed on the scoreboard once in every six times his stubby fingers touched a ball during his dozen seasons in the National Football League - is not a Hall of Famer!
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July 18, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
After traveling those great distances from innocence to manhood, from idealizing sports to covering them professionally, from passion to advocacy, Ray Didinger discovered a play. The former Daily News sportswriter found the theatrical inspiration close to where his boyhood views collided with the gritty games and athletes he chronicled, very near the place where his mind and heart were in frequent debate. Tommy and Me is Didinger's recounting of a lengthy, heartfelt, and often complex relationship with his boyhood idol, Eagles flanker Tommy McDonald.
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April 28, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
RAY DIDINGER and Tommy McDonald go way back. In the late 1950s and early '60s, Didinger - then just a boy - would carry the flanker's helmet after practices at Eagles training camp in Hershey. Who knew that years later, Didinger would spearhead a successful campaign to get McDonald into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and then introduce his boyhood hero at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio in 1998? It's the stuff of Hollywood movies. Or in Didinger's case, a play. The former Daily News columnist has penned "Tommy and Me" and Theatre Exile will stage a reading at the Plays and Players Theatre in Center City on May 4 at 7 p.m. "My mom and dad took me on vacation to Hershey for two weeks every year during Eagles training camp," Didinger said yesterday.
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August 25, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
A headline Friday on PhiladelphiaEagles.com read, "Steve Van Buren Passes. " Like hell he did. I'll bet you my Tommy McDonald bobblehead that No. 15 left this world doing what he did better than any back in Eagles history: Running. He probably took one last handoff, burst through the line and collided with Death like a freight train, punishing the Grim Reaper the way he punished so many would-be tacklers during his Hall of Fame career. Mr. Van Buren, who died Thursday at 91 in a Lancaster nursing home, was a vestige of a vanished football era. That's not to suggest the players in the 1940s and 1950s were any better or any tougher than today's.
NEWS
August 11, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Jimmy Harris, the starting quarterback for much of Oklahoma's record 47-game winning streak in the 1950s, died of lung cancer Tuesday in Shreveport, La. The one-time Eagles defensive back was 76. Mr. Harris took over as Oklahoma's quarterback during the 1954 season and never lost a game, going 25-0 and leading the Sooners to national championships in 1955 and 1956. He is one of only six quarterbacks to lead a school to back-to-back national titles. Notre Dame's Johnny Lujack (1946-47)
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April 4, 2011 | Daily News Staff Report
Eagles legend Tommy McDonald could use your help: His 1960 Eagles championship ring is missing. Exactly what happened to it is unclear. According to his wife Patty, it was last seen at the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for former Eagles teammate Joe Pagliei, held Jan. 30 at Il Fiore restaurant in Collingswood, N.J. A previous report indicated that McDonald realized the ring was missing a week ago and thinks he may have lost it at...
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December 13, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Cowboys beat the Eagles three straight times last season. In each of those games, the Eagles' most dangerous offensive player was nowhere to be found. In those three ugly losses, including a 34-14 trouncing in the first round of the playoffs, the Cowboys held Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a total of seven catches for 79 yards. He had just 14 receiving yards in that playoff loss, which followed his memorable "sting they ass" tweet the week before the game.
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May 4, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
It's a good start and a nice gesture, but it's not enough. The Eagles should do more. On Monday, at a news conference appropriately held at Franklin Field, site of the title game, the Eagles announced they'll honor the 1960 NFL championship team by wearing throwback kelly green uniforms - complete with the classic, white block numbers on the jerseys and helmets with gray wings and facemasks - for the first game of the 2010 season. On Sept. 15, the Birds will play the Green Bay Packers, the team the Eagles defeated 50 years ago, 17-13, to win the franchise's last title of any significance.
NEWS
January 31, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Brookshier, according to his friends, knew how to tackle. Whether on the football field or as a television and radio personality, his impact was equally immense and intense. He was an all-pro on the last Eagles team to win an NFL championship, in 1960, and was part of CBS's top NFL broadcast team during the 1970s along with his close friend Pat Summerall. In the late 1980s he hired Angelo Cataldi, launching the 610 WIP sports-talk format that remains in place today. Mr. Brookshier, 78, died Friday of cancer at Lankenau Hospital.
SPORTS
August 12, 2007
4 Tommy McDonald. He was of boundless energy and without a fear, that little spark plug with no face mask. Tommy McDonald wasn't defined by his size or his stature. It was his immeasurable heart that made him, a halfback turned wide receiver, one of the greatest Eagles of all time. No matter who delivered the blow - Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus, Night Train Lane, or another locomotive from the day - McDonald always bounced back, regardless of how his body wanted to react. His toughness became his hallmark, and he laughed every time.
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